Polanski lands lifetime honour
Controversial filmmaker Roman Polanski is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival in September (09).
Organisers will present the Polish-born director with the Golden Eye for his contributions to film at the 27 September (09) ceremony.
He will also take part in a workshop discussing his work, prior to a retrospective of his films during the festival's annual A Tribute to... series.
Polanski's featured works will include his cinematic debut, 1962's Knife in the Water, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Frantic, Death & the Maiden and his 2003 hit The Pianist.
Just last year (08), controversy surrounding the director led discussion at the festival when organisers screened Marina Zenovich's documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired - about the moviemaker's refusal to return to the U.S. since he fled in 1977 after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.
The A Tribute to... series has previously honoured filmmakers including Oliver Stone and Stephen Frears.
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